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When metro Atlanta students leave, return for the holidays

The thermometer may reach 70 degrees today, but sub-30 temperatures will return later this week and, later this month, students will get a couple weeks of vacation.

Metro Atlanta public schools will close their doors during the third week of December, sending more than half of Georgia’s 1.8 million students home to frolic, perhaps in snow or perhaps in T-shirts.

Though Georgia weather is uncertain, traffic will hopefully follow its normal pattern and chill out for the holidays, so people who must work will at least get a break on the roads.

Though all these school districts are closing within a few days of each other during the third week of December, they are returning in different weeks of January to accommodate teacher planning and training schedules or other local needs.

This is when school ends and restarts in 19 of the region’s largest districts:

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Atlanta − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 7 (details)

Buford − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 9

Cherokee County − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 8

Clayton County − last day: Dec. 19; return: Jan. 8

Cobb County − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 7 (details)

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Coweta County − last day: Dec. 19; return: Jan. 4

Decatur − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 7 

DeKalb County − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 7 (details)

Douglas County − last day: Dec. 19; return: Jan. 3 

Fayette County − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 8

Forsyth County − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 8 

Fulton County − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 7 (details)

Gwinnett County − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 3 (details)

Hall County − last day: Dec. 17; return: Jan. 3

Henry County − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 8 

Marietta − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 3

Newton County − last day: Dec. 21; return: Jan. 8

Paulding County − last day: Dec. 19; return: Jan. 3

Rockdale County − last day: Dec. 20; return: Jan. 7

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